NEWS BY ROD COLQUHOUN

• December 3 will see Kurri Kurri host the NSW Championship, after last year’s meeting was held at Tamworth’s picturesque equestrian centre.
NSW currently has some exceptional riders with Sam Masters, Rohan Tungate, Brady Kurtz, Jack Holder and Mason Campton sure to be in the thick of the action – not to mention any interstate visitors who may take part.
Jason Doyle will almost certainly miss the meeting through injury, while Chris Holder is also unlikely to be involved.
It will be a great chance for some of our rapidly improving domestic riders to make their mark with Josh Pickering and the Cook brothers from Cowra among riders in that category.
While the aforementioned riders are very well credentialed there is little doubt that plenty of people will be keen to see what pint sized junior star Mathew Gilmore can do against senior company.

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Cowra’s Brady Kurtz in action for the Poole Pirates in the UK. Awesome pic from our good friend Jeff Davies

• Talk is that Coff’s Harbour’s Hugh Skidmore will draw time on his overseas racing career this season and settle back in Australia.
Hugh is a really nice fella, but sadly has done very little racing in Australia and as a result is virtually unknown on home soil.
He spent almost his entire overseas career riding for the Sheffield Tigers.

• The Grand Prix series finale provided speedway fans with a great opportunity to witness the continued resurgence of 2012 World Champ Chris Holder first hand.
It’s been a massive battle both physically and mentally for the affable Appin resident, who suffered a very serious injury to his legs, hips and feet at Coventry in 2013.
Such was the extent of the damage that my own assessment of the situation was that he would likely retire, but thankfully I was wrong. There is a certain ‘flow and rhythm’ to the way Chris rides and this has been absent to some degree since that horrific accident.
There were genuine signs on Saturday night as he kept Tai Woffinden at bay in the final that the Chris Holder of old is about to re-join the fray in a big way and seek out a second world championship, gotta love it!

• The GP Series has many positives, not least of which is letting Australians see a round first hand.
If it does have a massive flaw when compared to the pre 1995 ‘One off’ world finals, it is the often meek conclusion to the championship itself.
Admittedly this year’s Melbourne GP would have been the series decider had Jason Doyle not been injured, but unfortunately the championship itself ended in the first four heats of the night.
The one off world final guaranteed an absolutely spine tingling experience for spectators, with the result hardly ever known until the final race was run.

• I reckon 7 rounds across 5 countries Sweden (2), Denmark, Poland (2), England and Australia would be the ideal duration for the GP series. One per month for 7 months – this would also greatly reduce the negative impact the series has on domestic speedway, particularly in the UK. In fact, domestic speedway at elite level could have a ‘lay day’ every fourth Saturday to ensure the GP series was the primary focus for everyone involved in the sport on that day – just a thought.

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